Kim Kardashian’s short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries called into question her and her family’s thirst for publicity.
Kim Kardashian, 31, says the union led her to a life changing epiphany.
The reality TV star wed Kris Humphries in a fairytale ceremony last August, but although their union broke down within three months, she says she has been a changed person since.
Referring to her sister Kourtney in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian said: “It’s like how Kourtney had this epiphany when she had her baby and she changed into a different person, I feel like I’ve had an epiphany over the last year.
“For what I’ve been through and I am that changed person, just from my own experiences.”
Kim Kardashian is now dating rapper Kanye West, 35, and said one of the things that attracts her to him is the fact he is older than her.
She added: “I always dated five years younger. My whole thing was completely different, and now I just love that I’m with someone that’s a couple years older than me.”
During the interview, Kim Kardashian, who is of Armenian descent, says she is proud to represent Middle Eastern women in modern society.
When asked by Oprah Winfrey if she thinks the Kardashian’s reality TV show would be as successful if they weren’t pretty, she replied: “I don’t think it would have happened if we were all skinny pretty models.
“I think it has to do with us, the curves, the dark hair – I think it was a combination.
“I remember when the wave of Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek and these beautiful Hispanic women came into light, and I looked up to them and I loved them, but I was like, <<Where are Middle Eastern women?>>.
“I think we took that category or helped broaden that.”
Kim Kardashian and her family will appear alongside Oprah Winfrey this Sunday.
Earlier this week Kim Kardashian was quick to post a picture of herself alongside TV royalty in what is surely the ultimate seal of approval of their ubiquitous fame.
Clearly excited she tweeted: “Ummmm no big deal Oprah just left my mom’s house! #DreamComeTrue.”
Pregnant sister Kourtney Kardashian also tweeted: “Surreal day being interviewed by the queen Oprah. Not many words to explain how incredible the experience was except for AHHH! Major moment.”
Oprah Winfrey, 58, was apparently just as impressed with the reality TV family, whom she surprisingly said she knew very little about.
She later posted a picture of herself with the whole family as she sat down with them at “momanager” Kris Jenner’s home.
Kim Kardashian was joined by sisters Kourtney, Khloe, brother Rob, Kourtney’s partner Scott Disick, Khloe’s husband Lamar Odom, mum Kris, half-sisters Kylie, Kendall and step-father Bruce Jenner to film the interview for Oprah’s Next Chapter, airing Sunday on OWN.
It is the first appearance for Kim Kardashian and her infamous family, and Oprah Winfrey admitted that she had a lot of catching up to do, ahead of the interview.
Oprah Winfrey revealed on her Facebook page: “I had never met them, nor seen the show. I did a full on <<Kardashian Kram>> in preparation, watching major shows from every season.”
It seems that Oprah Winfrey may be a bit late catching up with the family who has become something of an institution in the US.
But she said: “I genuinely wanted to know why they have become a cultural phenomenon, why so many people love to watch their every move and why so many others love to hate them.
“Are they completely ego centered? Are they really <<famous for being famous>> or is there something more?”
Oprah’s Next Chapter airs Sunday at 8 p.m. (EST) on OWN.